Lebanon

December 27, 2000

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Israeli fighter-bombers flew over southern Lebanon and its border with Syria at low altitude.

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A Lebanese ski resort has come up with a novel way of increasing occupancy ¯ organizing conferences and events in a new 110-seat auditorium, against one of the most spectacular mountain backdrops Leba

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Figures released by the Lebanese ministry of tourism show that the number of tourists that visited Lebanon during the first 10 months of the year 2000 totaled 646,481, constituting an increase of 9.2

December 26, 2000

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The Lebanese high customs council revealed that the country’s trade deficit decreased in November from the previous month by 15.96 percent. For the first 11 months as a whole, the trade deficit was 1.

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According to latest Lebanese statistics, average prices of consumer and food goods, based on a typical consumer basket, decreased 0.76 percent in September compared to the base date in December 1999.

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The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) reported that Lebanon achieved zero-growth rate for 2000 with a public debt of around $23 billion — one of the highest in the world relative

December 25, 2000

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Activity on the Beirut Stock Exchange considerably improved last week, for the second consecutive week, and was propelled by demand for the stock of Bank of Beirut (BoB). The market ended the last ful

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Societe Generale Libano-Europeene de Banque SAL (SGLEB), which already owns 67 percent of local brokerage firm Fidus SAL, increased its stake by acquiring the remaining 33 percent of the financial fir

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The Cairo-based investment bank EFG-Hermes declared net profits of $12.12 million in the first 9 months of 2000, down 12 percent from the same period last year.

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The Beirut Stock Exchange released figures on trading activity on the bourse during the first 11 months of 2000. Total volume reached 18.3 million shares, a 13.7 percent increase from the same period

December 24, 2000

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Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri left Beirut Sunday for an official visit to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, during which he will hold

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Lebanon signed a contract with French transportation firm SEMVAT and the French regional council of Midi Pyrenes to reform the country’s public transportation system and railway lines.

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Societe Generale Libano Europeenne de Banque and Cellis introduced a new service, SOGECELL, aimed at enabling people to conduct secure banking transactions via cellular phones. Clients will be directl

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Societe Generale Libano Europeenne de Banque (SGLEB) agreed to purchase from Nabil Aoun, head of Fidus’ board of directors, the remaining 33 percent of brokerage firm Fidus that it does not already ow

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The last full trading week of 2000 witnessed volume on the Beirut bourse which shot-up 478 percent to over 1.2 million shares, but that did not reflect any sudden revitalization of the market nor any